Massive Number of Bitcoin Options Set to Expire in June

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In Brief
  • More than 100,000 Bitcoin options will expire before the end of June.

  • The expirations reflect the massive highs in open interest in recent weeks.

  • Futures contracts have historically had little effect on Bitcoin's price.

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The future of Bitcoin is anything but certain. For a number of investors, however, the future is now. More than 100,000 BTC options contracts are set to expire at the end of June.



The staggering number compared with previous months is the result of an explosion in open interest in Bitcoin options. Open interest refers to contracts to buy or sell Bitcoin at fixed prices on future dates.

Source: Twitter

The number of open contracts reached record levels in recent months, as investors bet on the future rise or fall of the cryptocurrency. Over the past month, this number has grown to an all-time high of contracts set to expire.



The impact on how the price will be affected is anyone’s guess, however. Recent spikes in open interest have had little effect on the market. Closure of contracts has also not caused substantial price variations.

In fact, Bitcoin’s endurance above $9,000 has provided a stable support level for futures holders to bet against.

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With a background in science and writing, Jon's cryptophile days started in 2011 when he first heard about Bitcoin. Since then he's been learning, investing, and writing about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for some of the biggest publications and ICOs in the industry. After a brief stint in India, he and his family live in southern CA.

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